A busy weekend for Kiriana culminated in a very impressive win over 1600m on the Sunshine Coast.
The intention was for her to run over 1800m at the Gold Coast on Saturday, and we had been banking on rain falling during the afternoon to make the conditions perfect for her, However, too many of us performed a rain dance, and the races were abandoned after the horses had gone out onto the track, much to the chagrin of owners, punters and a likeable Esprit Racing trainer who became soaked.
Rumour has it also that he needed to strip down and utilise the heater in his vehicle….
So they got home and she was in such good condition the next morning that she raced, the day after 4 hours driving, and exercise to and from the barriers. Perhaps this should become part of the training regime?
Despite this seemingly being a harder race; a shorter race by 200m and a stronger field, she was ridden an absolute perfect race by Ron Stewart, and she was extremely strong to the line, charging through underneath other horses to win convincingly. Now we can confidently look for a further step up in distance to races that will even suit her better, especially if she can get her toe into the track.
The day also provided two placegetters, showing clearly that our horses are in excellent condition and are being placed to perfection in typical Esprit Racing fashion.
Congratulations to all!
Photography provided courtesy of Grant Peters at www.tracksidephotography.com